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Ideas on how to fence a garden

Updated February 21, 2017

You may want to install a garden fence to increase the aesthetic appeal of your landscape or to keep out garden pests such as rabbits and deer, which eat vegetables. Decorative fencing can feature large openings in the fence, but functional fencing should have small holes if you hope to keep small animals out of the garden. You can recycle old materials and use your own creativity to create a garden fence that is truly unique. Depending on the size of your garden, you may be able to install your choice of garden fence in a single afternoon.

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Use a fencing material with a small-gauge mesh, such as chicken wire or tight chain mail so that small animals can't fit through the fence. You could also use wood pickets, provided the pickets are spaced close together and the wood is pressure treated.

Dig a 1 foot deep trench around the garden to bury the bottom of the fence so that burrowing animals such as groundhogs, moles and voles will have a harder time getting in your garden. If you use a wood fence, pressure treated wood will be protected against rot when it is buried.

Make the fence 10 to 12 feet high if large pests such as deer are a problem near your home. Deer are incredible jumpers that may not even be dissuaded by a 12-foot fence.

Install a garden gate that brushes the ground, making it difficult for animals to squeeze under your gate. The gate won't swing freely, but it is better than leaving a gaping hole to invite garden pests.

Bury a pressure-treated board directly under the gate to stop underground pests. The board should be cover a depth of at least 1 foot and wide enough to span between the gateposts.

Use fishing line to hang aluminium pie tins on the fence and suspend fragrant bars of soap in mesh bags. The mysterious aluminium plate and smell of the soap will deter deer from approaching your garden.

Decorate your fence posts with birdhouses, butterfly houses and bat houses to attract these winged creatures to your yard. Birds and bats, in particular, can rid your garden of insects that can destroy your vegetation.

Plant your garden in the corner of a fenced-in yard so you only have to create two sides of fence for the garden. Of course, if the fence is purely for decoration, it doesn't have to be closed on all four sides.

Install a wooden split-rail fence with two or three fence rails for a old-fashioned fence that is big on country appearance, but doesn't do much for keeping away garden pests.

Paint a picket fence the traditional white colour or choose a vibrant colour to match your gardening style.

Stack rocks to form a small garden fence made from natural materials. This is a creative way to use large rocks you had to remove from the soil when you planted your garden.

Enhance your garden with an industrial flair by choosing a wrought iron fence with architectural details such as pointed caps or spiralled posts.

Scour estate sales and flea markets for old brass bed headboards and footboards that you can recycle as a creative garden fence held together with heavy-gauged water. Keep the original finish or paint them with rust-preventing, oil-based enamel paint for metal.

Recycle shipping pallets for use as a garden fence --- you can use the entire pallet or separate the boards to use individually. Your local garden supply centre may sell extra pallets.


If you have an eclectic design style, try using multiple types of fencing material for your garden fence. You can also save a lot of money on materials by making use of what is available rather than buying materials that match.

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About the Author

A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.

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